DURHAM – Leadership Triangle presented its 10th annual Goodmon Awards Monday evening in Bay 7 of the American Tobacco Campus.
The awards, for major contributions to the Research Triangle region, are named for Jim Goodmon, president and CEO Capitol Broadcasting
Leaders were recognized in five categories:
Community service -- Danny Rosin, co-founder, Band Together
Band Together uses live music as a platform for social change. Every year, after a rigorous vetting process, Band Together chooses a different Triangle nonprofit in need. Since September 11, 2001, under the leadership of Rosin as its volunteer president, Band Together has donated more than $2.1 million to 13 Triangle nonprofits—Disaster Relief, Special Olympics, Operation Smile, Music Maker’s Relief, Stop Hunger Now, Food Bank of Eastern NC, Boys and Girls Club of Wake County, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle, SAFEchild, The Lucy Daniels Center for Early Childhood, StepUP Ministry, Alliance Medical Ministry and Urban Ministries of Wake County.
Economic development -- Triangle Greenways Council
President Bill Flournoy will accept the award on behalf of This all-volunteer organization is the only one in the Triangle dedicated solely to greenways at the local and regional level. The Council is responsible for the preservation of hundreds of undeveloped acres and for the development of hundreds of miles of greenways and trails. In 2013, the organization will see the results of their 30-year quest to transition the region from no greenways in the 1970s to an interconnected system of regional greenways when local governments fill the missing links to create a continuous greenway network from Clayton to Durham; with connections through Raleigh and Cary and with interconnections to Morrisville, Wake Forest and Knightdale.
Arts/entertainment/sports -- Chasta Hamilton Calhoun, owner, Stage Door Dance production
Now in its fourth season, Stage Door Dance Productions has satellite programs at several local country clubs and visits area preschools, schools and Girl Scout troops to provide specialized instruction. Via Stage Door Dance, Calhoun directs a summer and winter intensive series that has brought some of the most sought-after performers and choreographers in the dance industry to the Triangle.
Goodmon Fellow (Leadership Triangle alumni) -- Pillar Rocha-Goldberg
President of El-Centro Hispano, Pillar Rocha-Goldberg, has led efforts to positively integrate the Latino community in the Triangle community at large. Her solution-oriented approach has helped to create strong linkages between the Latino community and all facets of the Triangle area, from media, to educational infrastructure, local and state government and cultural and community groups. She serves on several boards including serving as chair of the NC Governor’s Advisory Council on Hispanic/Latino Affairs, Project Access for Durham County, Duke Chancellor’s Health Advisory Board, Durham County Hospital Corporation, Lincoln Community Center Foundation and Peruvian American Coalition of North Carolina.
Strategic Partnership -- Coach Al Buehler and the late LeRoy Walker
Coach Al Buehler and the late LeRoy Walker thought of themselves as teachers first, coaches second. They partnered to host record-setting, world-class track and field meets promoting racial harmony during the height of segregation in the South. Together, they effectively used the track as a place to create equality among races, nations and gender. Both Olympic coaches, they worked side-by-side in a grassroots effort to set an example of leadership, equality, compassion and commitment. Walker went on to become chancellor of N.C. Central University and Buehler held numerous leadership positions including Duke’s assistant athletic director and chairman of the Physical Education Department. Their partnership is featured in the new film, "Starting at the Finish Line," narrated by Grant Hill, and in a book of the same name.
The Goodmon Awards event Monday was presented by Carolina Hurricanes and Compuware.